WAYNE Forde, president of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF), yesterday announced that the ‘Walter Moore Scouting Clinic’ will become a permanent fixture on the Federation’s calendar.Moore, a former Golden Jaguars defender and his club FF Jaro coach Kristian Heames, conducted a two-day (May 19 – 21) talent identification programme, which will result in potential players being identified for trials and possible professional contracts in Europe.This initiative is part of the new philosophy of the technical programme of the GFF, which actively seeks to involve past and present national players as part of the technical development programme.“The Walter Moore scouting clinic will now become a permanent fixture on the GFF’s calendar and the GFF will fund it exclusively” Forde told Chronicle Sport in an exclusive interview yesterday.“Of course we will always use our network to see if we could bring in some sponsors, so what we will do over the next couple of months, the technical department and Walter will build the best model to see how this would work,” Forde noted.The GFF top brass explained that “players in the past didn’t see any long term in the sport that they had given so much to and I think that if there’s anything that you want to do as a leader it should be to inspire hope and that’s one of the things we’ve been doing, not only as an executive committee but as a technical staff.”Forde also reasoned “if you’re a player and you see a structure curriculum where you have players knowledgeable and experience like ‘Jackie Chan’ (Gregory Richardson); Walter Moore returning with his coach from Finland, you’re seeing tangible evidence of development; that’s what we’re giving to this nation and so if that’s the added incentive that they needed all along for them (the players) to put that extra 100%, it’s very encouraging for Guyana’ football.”Heames impressedBefore taking up a post as coach with FF Jaro last year, Heames from July 2008 to July 2016, served as Scout with English Premiere League club,West Bromwich Albion F.C.,also known as West Brom.It was Heames’ maiden journey to the South American country, and the Englishman said that he was impressed with the level and quality displayed by the players who are all apart of Guyana’s National U-17 programme.“The overall level is really good, working with the players, getting to see them both on and off the field was pretty good” Heames said, while singling out Chris Macy, Job Caesar, Cecil Jackman and Orville Daniels as those who stood out.Heames reasoned that “players from different environment have different strengths and athletically players here are better than many players in Europe but I would say that it’s their understanding of the game that needs to be worked on.”“After speaking to the technical department, I’ve gotten a better understanding as to how Guyana’s football was structured previously,so that might be the case why players developed a lot of individual skills, may be they don’t have the access to the coaching and I like the fact that some of the things that are done here (at the GFF) is to bridge that gap” Heames opined.Heames’ sentiments were echoed by the GFF’s Technical Director,Ian Greenwood, who said “we’ve got fantastic athletic ability, but that game understanding is a massive problem from what I first arrived but we’re looking to improve that now. We’ve got a playing philosophy where the work is structured through the academy training centres, so the amount of tactical work now with the national programme is vastly improving from what we would’ve had before.” – Heames impressed with quality of players
THE Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG) and the Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) is of the opinion that IAAF Instructor, Professor Oscar Gadea’s recent work with coaches that continues into the weekend came just at the right time.At a press conference held at the Guyana Olympic Association headquarters at Liliendaal, president of the AAG, Aubrey Hutson, expressed his satisfaction with the work done by Gadea.“What you might have found is that coaches would have been pushing some of the athletes a bit too hard, so what you will find here with Gadea especially in the future is that the transition of our athletes, because of what the coaches learnt, will be better and they will have longer careers, but certainly we will see the impact in years to come,” Huston noted.Professor Oscar Gadea, lauded the talent that exists in Guyana and the region and noted that it was a pleasure working with the coaches.“Guyana is developing fast and we must aid that, but I think all of the coaches are happy and we have put the theoretical aspect into practice, but we must have more of these programmes and not just have one maybe every five years. It must be consistent,” Gadea stressed.Assistant secretary/treasurer of the Guyana Olympic Association, Dion Nurse, shared that GOA was pleased to facilitate such a programme for the coaches and athletes, noting that it was part of the Olympic Solidarity funding.The coaching programme will conclude this weekend with a training camp for all Carifta hopefuls at the National Track and Field Centre, Leonora.
The Guyana Human Right Association (GHRA) is of the view that women should not be placed in the prison system but should be sent to some sort of “half-way house” to be rehabilitated instead.In a statement on Friday, the association welcomes and lauds the intention of President David Granger to pardon non-violent female prisoners, highlighting the injustice that incarceration imposes on women in ways that do not apply to men.“Women, for the most part, have no place in prison. Some 90 per cent of women are in prison for three offences: petty theft, drug trafficking and murder – all related to disordered relationships with men. Female drug traffickers carry the can – so to speak – for the male king-pins, or are charged jointly with men for drugs found in homes; they steal to maintain children neglected by child-fathers and kill in retaliating against men who are persistently violent,” the release stated.According to the GHRA, none of these women poses a danger to society, which is the fundamental reason for incarceration. In fact society does not fear women in general, at least not in the sense of being a threat to life or property. The Association noted that even women who have committed violent crimes are not viewed with the dread that male perpetrators can inspire.Reference was made to a recent Australian study from the Centre for Evidence-based Sentencing: “Women almost never scare us; commit random acts of serious violence; violate our sexual integrity; or form organised crime networks and yet their prison numbers are now the highest in recorded history.”GHRA added that the study also outlined that a high percentage of women in prison suffered from sexual and violent abuse in their childhood. This, the release detailed, when added to the other factors highlighted earlier for which most women are incarcerated, prison as a response to women in trouble with the law is simply a reflection of an area in which gender inequality remains undisturbed.In fact, the study notes: “Nearly every incarcerated woman is the victim of a perverse and lazy policy disfigurement that fails to acknowledge the marked difference between female and male offenders.”The human rights organisation went on to stress that incarcerating women is a harsher penalty than for men: “Put men in prison (in humane conditions) and provide them with cigarettes (and – it would seem – access to Facebook) and they just do the time. Women in prison are pre-occupied by what is happening to their children, their homes and their partners – all of which can be dispersed and disappear by the time they leave prison,” the release said.Furthermore, GHRA related that reports from other societies show women in prison experience much higher rates of sexual violence than men and from men, stating that while no reports of such acts have been received from the New Amsterdam prison, the higher the numbers grow the more exposed inmates become.“The GHRA has for many years held the position that rather than prison, the overwhelming number of women found guilty of crimes requires a place safe from the men who are complicating their lives. A half-way house approach is needed where women can undergo forms of rehabilitation to restore self-esteem and learn problem-solving techniques – problems being a major cause of why they got into trouble in the first place,” the human rights organisation posited.Since Guyana needs radical solutions to address rising levels of criminality, the association believes that starting a programme along the lines being suggested with women would not generate hostility to the extent it would with men. The release added that such alternatives to imprisonment successfully tested with women could in fact be extended to men in a reverse of the thinking which saw women being incarcerated in the first place.On a different aspect, the GHRA noted that in light of prison overcrowding, Presidential pardons on a more regular basis would be a welcomed development, particularly given judicial and magisterial sloth with respect to remand prisoners and the ponderous procedures of the Parole Board.
GAELTACHT Minister Joe McHugh has welcomed 125 Jobs to the Páirc Ghnó, Gaoth Dobhair by a UK Digital Marketing Company.“I am delighted at this announcement by SLM Connect and Údarás na Gaeltachta,” the minister told Donegal Daily.“This is most significant in terms of the number of jobs it will create in North West Donegal. It is great news for Gaoth Dobhair and the surrounding locality and will give a much needed boost to the area.” SLM Connect, the Manchester based digital marketing company, confirmed that it is to expand its operations and establish a new base on the Gaoth Dobhair Business Park, in Na Doirí Beaga.The expansion plan is supported by Údarás na Gaeltachta and will lead to the creation of 125 jobs.Said McHugh: “I have been in discussions with James Moran, Manager, and board members of SLM Connect since last year, and over recent months, where I attended meetings in both Manchester and Donegal, along with officials from Údarás na Gaeltachta, about SLM Connect establishing a branch of the company in the Gaoth Dobhair Business Park.“I am delighted they will begin operation here in Donegal in the coming weeks and months, where they plan to employ up to 125 people with skills and experience in customer care and contact services, as well as supervisory and management positions being available. “SLM Éire Teo plans to begin operating from its new base this summer and will soon begin recruiting. The company plans to employ 25 people initially and hopes to increase its employment numbers substantially in the following months.“I wish to commend SLM Connect and Údarás na Gaeltachta on their hard work and dedication to ensuring this project would be established here in Donegal. The move will be a major boost for the Gaeltacht area of Gaoth Dobhair and surrounding areas which have suffered unemployment and emigration in recent years and today’s news is a positive story for our County.” GAOTH DOBHAIR JOBS: McHUGH DELIGHTED WITH ANNOUNCEMENT was last modified: April 18th, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Gaoth DobhairjobsJoe McHughÚdarás na Gaeltachta